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Collin

Kinetic 1/48 T-45C: Almost ended up in the trash bin

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Started this kit back in November 2018, thought it was going to be an easy OOB build....boy was I wrong.  Anyone who has built this kit knows the intakes are the worst...and the wing to fuselage join is just a PITA.  I struggled with this build all Winter, messing up some of the painting (hurried my masking and made the red a little too red).  Overall it's a 3 footer for the display case it will go in.  Honestly I don't recommend this kit.

 

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Beautiful build.

That wing joint is truly awful, you expect better engineering in kits that price.

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You really saved that one, full credit to you. I purchased their AMX and totally unimpressed with the fit, it was too bad as I like that aircraft so much.

 

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Really nice job. I'm currently struggling through this one, as well. I got the added bonus of a warped fuselage half.

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Despite your problems with the fitting, your result looks great, but it seems it is really a bad kit which belong into a shredder. The same experience i made with the F-86K Dog Sabre by Special Hobby, its the same trash.

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Well recovered Colin, those joints were hideous !! Looks great finished.👍

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Judgin from the photos, it seems that you managed to wrestle it into submission.

 

Looks like a positively beautiful model!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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that one turned out great!

 

glad you did not bin it! ;)

 

although you do not recommend it, it turned out looking absolutely like a T-45!  and it is by far the best kit out there....

 

 

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PITA it may have been but the end result is very impressive indeed, good skills

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Looks good. 

Thanks for the heads up, I've just started building one this weekend for the Trainers Group Build.

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Just to echo the above, glad you didn't bin it - thats lovely 🙂

 

Cheers

Simon

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25 minutes ago, Jb65rams said:

Looks good. 

Thanks for the heads up, I've just started building one this weekend for the Trainers Group Build.

PM me if you need any tips. 

 

You will need to shim between the "Y" intake tubing and the fuselage to that is at least comes CLOSE to matching up with the intake pieces.  That should help also with the top wing root join which has a nasty gap.  I painted my "Y" intake piece black because that far down the intake you can't see anything anyway.  Once you get that "Y" intake tubing in place, that should help.  Regardless, even if you get the intakes and tubing aligned, and fuselage to wing root gap reduced....you will put the fuselage and the wings together and you will STILL have the gaps/uneven surfaces that you have on the lower body which are just way ugly (see my first few photos).  

Cheers

Collin

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From starting point....you make a miracle. Beautiful T-45.

Will use it as reference when i will start my conversion of Italeri one (1/72)

Again, GREAT LOOKING model.

Regards

Djordje

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Nice pair of trainers...you should send a thank you card to kinetic for sharpening your filling and sanding skills without bad kits like that one we would never learn to appreciate good tooling!

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Whatever the kit's fault's you've done a marvellous job on her,beautiful !!!!!

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I don't doubt it was a terrible build but you have certainly produced a fine looking aircraft.

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Very Nice result despite the difficulties! It’s a shame considering the expensive price of today’s models...🤬🤬🤬

 

Great work!👍👍👍

 

Frank

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Very good build for this. 

Inspired me to build one.

Thanks for the heads up on the tricky parts. I'll take care with the intakes. 

Colin 

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Hello Collin,

A good thing you did not trash it.

What a spledid, fresh looking trainer.

Regards, Orion/The Netherlands.

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Stunning result and your display also this RFI section is a way better place for your build than the bin.

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Looks good to me!

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That's turned out really well, looks awesome!

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Looking at the finished product belies the grief you’ve had with it. 

 

Great job. 

 

Pete

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